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Responding to Climate Change

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Responding to Climate Change

Lessons from an Australian Hotspot

Edited by:
Paul Burton   Griffith University

Line Art, Photographs, Maps
216 pages, 245 x 170 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

    Paperback - 2014
ISBN: 9780643108615 - AU $ 79.95

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South East Queensland has been one of the fastest growing regions of Australia, both in terms of its rapidly growing population and an ever-expanding built environment. It is also one of the most vulnerable regions likely to suffer from the adverse impacts of climate change, especially increased flooding, storms, coastal erosion and drought.

Responding to Climate Change: Lessons from an Australian Hotspot brings together the results of cutting-edge research from members of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program, showing how best to respond to anticipated changes and how to overcome barriers to adaptation. The authors treat climate change adaptation as a cross-cutting, multi-level governance policy challenge extending across human settlements, infrastructure, ecosystems, water management, primary industries, emergency management and human health.

The research focuses on, but is not limited to, the experience of climate change adaptation in the recognised climate hotspot of South East Queensland. The results of this research will be of interest to planners, policy makers and other practitioners engaged in urban and environmental planning, coastal management, public health, emergency management, and physical infrastructure at the local, regional and metropolitan government scales.


  • Brings together the results of cutting edge research
  • Written in an accessible style that will appeal to a diverse audience
  • Examines behavioural challenges with respect to public risk perceptions and responses
  • Looks at the challenges associated with strata and community title subdivisions and steps needed to protect against extreme weather conditions
  • Discusses new approaches to integrating mitigation and adaptation and identifies priority research topics in coastal management and climate change adaptation for the future

 1. So you think you know the answers – some bear-traps of climate change adaptation
2. Wicked, diabolical or what? Responding rationally in a turbulent environment
3. Rationality under uncertainty: Why politics matter
4. A Bayesian perspective of climate change adaptation in South East Queensland, Australia
5. Mainstreaming climate change adaptation: A multilevel governance agenda
6. Show me the benefits: public participation in climate adaptation planning in South East Queensland
7. Climate adaptation policy and planning in South East Queensland
8. Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation through Technology Transfer in Developing Countries: A Climate Hotspot Case from Coastal Bangladesh
9. Climate change hotspots in the tourism sector
10. Integrating pollution reporting, climate change adaptation, disaster risk management and land-use planning: A case study of the 2011 Brisbane floods
11. One man’s meat is another man’s poison: Why ‘who’ the developer is matters in climate change adaptation in the development industry
12. Adapting the Water Sector to Climate Change: Lessons from South East Queensland’s Response to the Millennium Drought
13. Climate change and the perception of flood risk
14. Adapting physical infrastructure in South East Queensland to impacts of climate change – Two case studies
15. Changing coastlines and processes
16. Coastal management in a changing climate
17. The enduring challenges of climate change

 Planners, policy makers and practitioners engaged in urban planning and management; coastal management; human health; emergency management; and physical infrastructure at the local government scale, developers and the tourism industry. Final year undergraduates, Honours students, Masters and PhD students and the interested general public. 

 Paul Burton is Professor of Urban Management and Planning and Deputy Director of Griffith University's Urban Research Program. He is a Consortium Partner representative on the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility and was Director of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program in 2011/12.

Contributors: Mehdi Azam; Zsuzsa Banhalmi-Zakar; Ralf Buckley; Gary Chai; Eddo Coiacetto; Aysin Dedekorkut-Howes; Jago Dodson; Leila Eslami-Endargoli; Hong Guan; Michael Heazle; Michael Howes; Daijiro Kobashi; Greg Laves; Alex Y Lo; Johanna Mustelin; Jean Palutikof; Russell Richards; Oz Sahin; Marcello Sanò; Tapan Sarker; Aishath Shakeela; Heather Shearer; Tim Smith; Wendy Steele; Rodney Stewart; Darrell Strauss; Pazit Taygfeld; Deanna Tomerini; Rodger Tomlinson; Rudi van Staden.


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